NEW YORK - Columbia Field Hockey sophomore Gabby Kozlowski has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week, conference officials announced today. This is the first Player of the Week honor for a Columbia player in two years, when Caitlin Mullins was named Player of the Week on September 16, 2008. Last season, Kozlowski was named the Rookie of the Week on October 27.
"We are very proud of Gabby and her recent work rate and energy in the attacking third of the field," said head coach Marybeth Freeman. "We have seen Gabby do some amazing things throughout the season, but it was fantastic to see her sustain such a dynamic presence and be a team contributor while out on the field. It is a terrific accomplishment for her and the program and not only do we congratulate Gabby in this honor, but also those teammates around her to make those shots, opportunities and goals happen."
In the two games against Rutgers and Dartmouth, the sophomore fired nine shots, eight of which were on goal. She had a career-high four goals and one assist in the win 5-2 conference win against the Big Green on Sunday, October 24.
Her first goal of the game was the result of a pass she intercepted, before using a quick move to beat a defender, leaving her all alone with the Dartmouth goalie. Her next two goals were tips off shots by her teammates, including the game-winner, and her final goal was a straight shot off a corner. Kozlowski also assisted on the Lions' other goal, setting up her teammate Carson Christus.
More impressively, her four goals brought her season total to 15 (with two games remaining), matching the program's single-season record previously set by Nikki Campbell in 2000. Campbell was in attendance at the game and was inducted into the Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2010 two days earlier.